WHAT DO YOU MEAN YOU'RE PUTTING A TAX ON WHISKEY???!!! THIS IS AN OUTRAGE!!!
The French Revolution
I say we stay neutral.
Guys, guys, settle down. I agree with Hamilton, we need to stay neutral.
Well I disagree.
Hamilton was secretary of treasury so was in charge of fixing the nation's finances because we were in debt. His plan involved 3 steps; pay off all war debts, raise government revenues, and create a national bank. However, Jefferson disagreed with Hamilton's plan because he believed that those states who had already paid off their debt, shouldn't have to help the states who haven't paid theirs off yet.
President George Washington and Hamilton both believed that putting a tax on whiskey produced in the U.S. was necessary in order to create a self supporting and effective government. So they proposed the idea, and the Constitution instituted it in 1791. However, the citizens of that time weren't very happy, which led to a protest known as The Whiskey Rebellion
The French Revolution all began because the French believed exactly what the Americans believed; that a government could not restrict the basic freedom of its people. However Jefferson opposed neutrality during the rebellion, while Hamilton supported it. The U.S. was in a weird position since France was their ally in the Revolutionary War, but Washington ended up siding with Hamilton, and a proclamation of neutrality was issued.